Sallie Moppert’s debut novel
is set to release in early September 2017!
When his mother is beaten to death by his alcoholic stepfather, fourteen-year-old Samuel Marlowe is rescued from seeking revenge against him by a chance meeting with Officer Edwin Hill. The veteran policeman takes Sam under his wing and even becomes the boy’s foster father.
Sam becomes a cop and works alongside his beloved mentor until Edwin is killed in a shooting. Hailed as a hero for his actions in the case, Sam feels like anything but. He begins a dark descent away from the stand-up policeman he once was, turning to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain and his PTSD.
The police captain assigns Sam a partner hoping to salvage what is left of him by forcing him to become a good role model for the young recruit. Needless to say, Sam is not pleased with the arrangement, protesting it up until the moment Junior Detective Dahlia Bennett enters his life.
Will he try to shake her loose? Does her by-the-book ideals and strong moral code rub off on him? Will his relaxed attitude and views on true justice start to influence her? What will ultimately lead to the two becoming a solid team? When Dahlia declares she wants to reopen some cases believing that the wrong person was sent to prison, Sam tells her straight out that in doing so, she would be putting her life at risk. As Dahlia persists, Sam is faced with the ultimate decision: let Dahlia reopen the cases and discover his crimes, or kill her to keep her from learning the truth.
Fun Facts About
ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
SM: I grew up in New York in a very close knit family. My parents and sister were always very supportive of my literary endeavors, which influenced me to pursue this passion of mine.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
SM: Some of the earliest stories I remember reading were children’s books from authors such as Dr. Seuss or Sandra Boynton; I love comedies and humor. For mysteries, some of my first whodunit stories were the Clue series by A.E. Parker.
ZHP: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
SM: Definitely my family.
ZHP: When did you first start writing?
SM: I can remember writing from my childhood days, probably going all the way back to elementary school. I would write stories for my favorite shows, movies or video games (old school fan-fiction, I guess you could say).
ZHP: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
SM: It’s just something that I truly enjoy doing. I love watching characters develop throughout a story or a series of stories and also seeing how an idea for a plot or a mystery can transform as it’s being written. Sometimes my plots will go in an unexpected direction or play out differently than originally intended, but that’s part of the fun; it takes on a personality of its own.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
SM: The first story I ever wrote was a Clue-like mystery when I was about thirteen years old. I think I still have that original notebook somewhere too, even though it’s been quite a few years!
ZHP: What advice would you give a new writer?
SM: Never give up and have patience. Finally achieving publication is a long process that will inevitably be filled with rejections. I’ve lost count on the number of times I’ve had my works rejected over the years. While it could be difficult to handle sometimes, I still had a passion for writing that could not be extinguished. Staying patient and sticking with my dream led to finally getting a story published, which led to another, which led to a third and so on and so forth. If writing is truly something you love, then go for it. You never know when a publisher, agent or magazine might pick your story out of the slush pile and see it as the proverbial ‘diamond in the rough’ and finally give you your chance.
ZHP: Do you use Social Media?
Not as much as others may, but I do have some social media accounts.
ZHP: How can your fans contact you?
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/66482800-sallie
- Website and or Blog site: https://salliemoppert.wixsite.com/mysite
- FanFiction: Username-Malley
ZHP: Describe your desk or writing space.
SM: I don’t have a specific writing place-I write wherever I can, whenever I can. My favorite place, though, would be outside in the summer on a blanket with the radio playing and my puppies with me!
ZHP: What is your writing process?
SM: I start with an idea or a prompt and then begin to create some characters for the story. Once I have my characters, I put together a flexible outline of the events of the story. I like to use a flexible outline because it gives the plot the opportunity to expand and develop in ways that I may not have initially planned but really like. Once I have the basis of the story and characters set, then I let my muse take over and do the rest. I prefer to write out everything in long hand in a regular old notebook. I edit and/or tweak my work when I type it up when it’s finished.
ZHP: How do you connect with your muse?
SM: My muse is a very interesting entity. Sometimes the smallest thing, either a picture or a sentence, can spark an idea for a story or a situation. Other times, my muse is just not feeling whatever I’m working on, so I just have to push through it until it finally agrees to come along for the ride.
ZHP: Is procrastination an issue for you?
SM: Not when it comes to writing. In other aspects of my life, maybe, but I’ll talk about it later…
ZHP: What motivated you to become an indie author?
SM: I wanted to find a happy medium between traditional publishing and self-publishing. I’m more of a reserved person, so the marketing won’t all fall to me like it would in self-publishing. I also like the fact that I get to work alongside with individuals that are knowledgeable in the industry to assist me in making my work successful.
ZHP: What advice would you give about writer’s block?
SM: If a story is giving me problems, where I absolutely cannot think of anything, there are two solutions that I usually do to remedy the situation. I try to push through it and keep writing. Sometimes this works where I can connect to my muse again and then continue forward. Otherwise, it may be better to put that story aside, work on something else for a bit and then return to the original story. Returning to it with fresh eyes can be helpful.
ZHP: What’s the story behind your latest book?
SM: Good Cop, Bad Cop was the original story in the collection. I really loved the characters of Marlowe and Bennett and decided to put them in another story after that. After the first couple of stories, there was no turning back.
ZHP: What are you working on next?
SM: More Marlowe and Bennett, of course! When I finished all of the stories in Good Cop, Bad Cop, I didn’t want to stop writing my two favorite detectives, so I have put together a collection of more cases and am now working on the second collection for them.
ZHP: Do your fans impact your process?
SM: I do appreciate constructive feedback on my stories. I like to know what things are working as well as things that can be done to make the stories better.
ZHP: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
SM: In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and pets. We have two dogs and two guinea pigs. I also enjoy practicing martial arts-I have a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and I’m currently working toward my black belt in Karate.
ZHP: What do you read for pleasure?
SM: I love reading mysteries, I’m also reading through some classic novels and stories too.
ZHP: Who are your favorite authors?
SM: Agatha Christie is my absolute favorite author.
ZHP: What are your five favorite books, and why?
SM: 1) And Then There Were None-Agatha Christie
2) To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
3) Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
4) Clue (book series)-A.E. Parker
5) Witness for the Prosecution-Agatha Christie
ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?
SM: Probably the Kindle, though nothing can beat having a hard copy of a book in your hands.